Glad to see Hincapie finally come out on top after a bunch of seconds lately. Probably unlikely anybody can get around him in the rest of the race.
Too bad for last year's winner Bobby Julich that he had to go home before the start of stage three. Hopefully Bobby can put it together and do a good ride for the US Natz but I'm not holding my breath. He is in a pretty big hole right now, but personally I hope he doesn't give up.
I had a "C' (goal level) race today that was on a really tough course. A spoke head pulled through the rim at some point (not sure when) and the rim was rubbing on the brake. I was already on my spare, having flatted before the race even started. I didn't notice it but I'm sure it tolled on me and I got dropped with twelve laps to go of 35 or so. I didn't quit though and hung out there until six to go before they pulled me. I'd still probably have dropped or finished in the second group but probably would have finished if not for the added drag on the system, so I feel ok about it and glad I didn't just quit when I lost the pack. That was what I learned today that it feels really good to not quit, even if it is kind of futile and doesn't produce an immediate result.
Before anybody flames me for the mortal sin of comparing myself to a pro, I'm just saying that even pros can use somebody saying to them go go don't quit keep it up! I sure appreciated the people today who encouraged me after I was dropped. Hincapie kept getting second but didn't quit. Julich is in rough shape now but I hope he recovers and tries again to reach his best level.
Great new criterium course up in Williamsport Maryland today. Wicked tight corner at the bottom of a long big chainring hill through the start finish. Screaming fast backstretch down a hill after a difficult traverse between turns one and two, then back up a drag, then a soft left, into that tight right hander to the start finish climb. All the races were split into pieces, a real tough race to have to do not quite recovered from some hard training, but still glad I did it.
Anyway kind of hijacked my own thread.